South America Gripped By Brutal Winter

German climate blog Readers Edition here has been keeping an eye on the winter in South America. While much of the news has been buzzing about the “record heat wave” hitting the US last week (a whopping 0.4% of the stations reported record highs! /sarc), Europe and South America for example are being left out in the cold.  

No warming in sight. Chart source:

In South America, dozens of people have died from the bitter cold in 7 countries so far, just when cold snaps were supposed to be getting rarer and the heat waves more frequent.  The cold is repeat of last year’s brutal South American winter.

Readers Edition writes (paraphrased):

In southern Peru, temperatures in the higher elevations of the Andes fell to -23°C. Since the beginning of last week 112 people have died of hypothermia and flu.

Coldest winter in 10 years

In Argentina the lowest temperatures  in 10 years were measured – the temperature dropped to -14°C. At least 33 people died, some froze to death and some from poisonous gases emitted from faulty heaters.

Thousands of cattle freeze to death in fields.

It was unusually cold in neighbouring countries. In the tropical regions of Bolivia where temperatures rarely fall below 20°C (68°F), the temperature hovered near 0°C.  At least four people died because of the cold. Two homeless persons died in Uruguay. Thousands of cattle froze in the fields in Paraguay and Brazil.

Natural gas shortages

In some areas of Bolivia and Peru, school was cancelled for some kids at the end of the week. Emergency shelters were opened for the homeless in larger cities. In Argentina some provinces faced natural gas shortages.

Heavy snow in Chile

Unusually heavy snows have fallen in parts of Chile. States of emergency have been declared in 8 communities with some buried in  up to 3 meters of snow. In the south of the country about 170 people have become isolated from supply lines.

16 responses to “South America Gripped By Brutal Winter”

  1. DirkH

    Meanwhile, the spring of 2011 in Germany was the twice warmest on record after 2007. No, i didn’t drink, it’s the DWD who found this out; and we must prepare for 4 centigrade warming until 2100 (computer models have shown!).

    The reality is that the first half of 2011 was chilly in Germany, and i experienced much much warmer springs than this one; 2009 was great, for instance. (Maybe i should refrain from calling warm==great but I’m a bicycle driver, sorry warmists…)

  2. R. de Haan

    Same in South Africa

    Also record cold in Australia

  3. TimiBoy

    Yep, been damn cold here in Brisbane, and Adelaide had it’s coldest “spell” for 70 odd years…

  4. Green Sand

    Some “cool” stuff from NASA about the snows in Chile.

    “In what the interior minister described as a “white earthquake,” heavy
    snow blanketed parts of Chile in July 2011. Snow was 2.3 meters (7.5
    feet) deep in the city of Lonquimay, CNN reported. Santiago Times reported that some areas received four months’ worth of snowfall in just four days.”

  5. matti

    dirk H

    Environment Canada reported the following for Canada
    “The national average temperature for the spring of 2011 was 0.1°C below normal (1961-1990 average), based on preliminary data, which makes this the 29th coolest spring since nationwide records began in 1948. The warmest was just last year, 4.1°C above normal. The coolest was 1967, 2.0°C below normal. The temperature departures map below shows most of the cooler than normal temperatures occurred across the prairies and in the eastern Nunavut and north Quebec area, warmer than normal conditions happened mainly in the western arctic.”

    As you can see there are still significant differences in seasonal temperatures between Europe and North America.

    1. DirkH

      I think it’s a variation of the advancement of climate science. Clearly, the Canadian researchers use less advanced methods than the DWD, and so their results are less korrekt.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pictures at this Brazilian weather blog. Snow in tropical Brazil?! Not something you see everyday: capybaras on frosty grass.

    Also snow in parts of NZ yesterday for first time in 70 years.

  7. R. de Haan

    Download this incredible collection of historic weather events from the year 0 – 1900 AD and forget the entire Climate Scam because we have seen it all.

  8. R. de Haan

    Low CO2 Snow vs. High CO2 Snow
    Posted on July 27, 2011 by stevengoddard
    Significant snow storms have occurred in Christchurch in 1862, 1895, 1896, 1901, 1918, 1945, 1992 and 2006 (and 2011)

    The earlier storms were due to a low CO2 atmosphere, and the more recent storms are the direct result of a high CO2 atmosphere. Low CO2 snow is white, whereas high CO2 snow is white.

  9. R. de Haan

    The southern Hemiphere: It has not warmed in over 15 years as another brutal winter happens

    This is basis for another article because it contains an overview of the entire
    SH cold events and a temp graph.

    Instead of “isolated” events we better show the “Grand Picture”


  10. Casper
  11. matti

    DIRK H

    You said
    “I think it’s a variation of the advancement of climate science. Clearly, the Canadian researchers use less advanced methods than the DWD, and so their results are less korrekt.”

    I cannot comment on the relative advanced methods used by Germany in comparison to Canada. But what I can confirm is that the spring weather was colder than previous years not only in Canada but also in United States . Both countries had similar downturn in spring weather compared to the previous one so it has nothing to do with “less advanced methods” of measuring but a fact of weather. Canadian weather is often different from Europe . La Nina weather is colder in North America than Europe . It was cold and rainy this past spring and my personal experience in my part of the country confirmed this.

    1. DirkH

      I was being sarcastic; that’s why i said “korrekt” instead of “correct”. I don’t trust the DWD’s numbers. As i said, this first half of 2011 appeared to me rather chilly in Germany. I don’t know how they rig their numbers, maybe they use GISTEMP methods, but i don’t believe them one second.

  12. matti

    DirK H

    I thought you were saying that the Canadian spring was not cool but I see now that you were referring to the Germans warm spring temperatures being perhaps not correct . CET spring temperature anomalies were also warm and up ,so perhaps the spring was really warm in some parts of Europe ?

  13. matti

    Dirk H
    Note the warmer spring anomalies

    1. DirkH

      Well, the DWD talked about temperatures in Germany. Maybe they don’t measure them but extrapolate from a thermometer in Edinburgh, using Hansen’s tried and tested 1200 miles method. Whatever they do wrong, i trust them as much as i trust the PIK, in other words, not at all. This was the second warmest spring ever? Tell that to my central heating. It is normally off in March and April, but not this year.

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